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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tomato Haiku Contest: Win an iPad

Tomato Haiku Contest at Bookfool

Here is the link to a Tomato Haiku Contest that ends July 31st. Here is the article copied from the above link. I figured it might be a way to win a prize off your gardening interest.

Tomato haiku?

The Grand Prize is an iPad?
Sounds like fun to me!

Ladies and Gentlemen. Step right up for this year’s Hot Tomato Haiku Contest! For the third year in a row, Nashville’s Tomato Art Fest plays host to the hottest, rowdiest haiku contest in the South. If you’ve got the poetic urge, why not vent it with us?

Prizes for this year’s winning haiku include an iPad® for Best of Show, gift certificates to local shops for each Category winner, and the people’s ovation and fame forever! (Download this year’s flyer here.)
The 2009 winners can be found here.
The deadline for entries is Saturday, July 31st, 2010 at 11:59pm (CST).


Each haiku must be tomato-related and must be entered in one of the five categories below. Though our first two categories reward serious observation of the art of the haiku, the next two wander into sillier territory. And don’t forget to let your kids in on the action!

Bashō’s Beefsteak — Sincere, ardent, traditional . . . reminiscent of haiku genius Bashō.

Formal Champion — Surprise and delight us with your innovations in form.

Plum Humorous — Make us grin.

Stinky Tomato — Your worst, most rotten haiku.

Fried Green Haiku — For kids up to age 12.

The winner in each category will receive a gift certificate to a local shop (TBD) and will be invited to read the winning haiku on stage at the Tomato Art Fest Award Ceremony (Nashville, August 14th). Best in Show will win an iPad (yes, really!) and may come from any of the five categories.

Rules and How to Enter

Have fun with it. We don’t take ourselves too seriously and neither should you!

Haiku must be in English and must be related to tomatoes in some way.

Generally speaking, haiku submissions should observe the use of three (or fewer) lines of 17 or fewer syllables. The 5-7-5 pattern of syllables is a good place to start, though intentional, thoughtful formal innovation is encouraged.

All submissions should be family friendly.

The deadline for entries is Saturday, July 31st, 2010 at 11:59pm (CST).

Enter up to 10 haiku total to this year’s contest (through the form below).

Submit only one haiku at a time

We need your name and contact information so we can notify you if you’ve won. We will never sell your info or spam you in any way.

Kids under 12 must get their parents’ permission to participate. Parents may help submit their child’s haiku, but parents should not influence their child’s writing beyond a basic explanation of what a haiku is.

You do not need to be present to win, but winners should be ready to read their winning haiku at this year’s Tomato Art Fest (August 14th, Nashville, TN).

You may resubmit a haiku from past years as long as it wasn’t chosen for the Top 10 in any category.

By entering, you agree to be bound by the Legal Agreement at the bottom of this page.

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